The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated every year to mark the contribution of Overseas Indians to their home and adopted countries. The two-day event was held in Singapore on January 6 and 7, 2018, at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre.
A joint effort by India’s Ministry of External Affairs and the High Commission of India in Singapore, the event celebrated 25 years of ASEAN-India Partnership, and explored centuries-old cultural, social, and human links. The theme of the PBD was “Ancient Route, New Journey: Diaspora in the Dynamic ASEAN India Partnership” and was aimed at promoting closer ties between India & ASEAN and deepen the diaspora’s relations with India.
The event covered a broad range of subjects linked to ASEAN countries and India, including business, innovation, culture, education, youth, history, people, along with economic and cultural links with key States of India. To showcase the diverse Indian talent across various fields, there were several competitions for the youth, cultural shows, cinema, literature, yoga, and a gala dinner for delegates.
WELLNESS DOSE AT PBD
Delegates had free access to a Health and Wellness zone, where they relaxed and slowed down their pace by exploring healing pods, sitting by the meditation space, learning about Ayurveda, and also practising yoga.
“Thank you for a great show,” tweeted India’s High Commissioner to Singapore. “It was a great hit.”
The zone, hosted by Yoga Journal Singapore, had Breathing Exercises by Art of Living, Yoga by Isha Foundation, Yoga therapy by Vyasa Yoga and Real Yoga, Meditation by Heartfulness Meditation, and lots more.
The second day at the Health & Wellness zone was an Ayurveda Conference held by the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association of Singapore (APAS), a society of qualified Ayurveda practitioners, students, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers who promote Ayurveda, the oldest healthcare in the world, and regulate its practice in Singapore.
The Ayurveda conference was followed by a Panel Discussion about alternative healing therapies, where panelists discussed pros and cons of integrative medicine. Scientific studies have revealed the effects of alternative medicine in reducing pain and treating psychological symptoms in patients across the world. From Ayurveda and Acupuncture to Reiki and Reflexology, more and more patients are choosing various healing modalities – either along with allopathy or as a single measure – to fight ailments and diseases.
The day ended with a candid chat between Rujuta Diwekar, India’s leading nutritionist, and the Editor of Yoga Journal Singapore, Kavita Chandran, where Ms. Diwekar spoke about her nutrition beliefs, 10 super foods and the influence and importance of yoga in her life. She urged everyone to use common sense to un-complicate the act of eating, and emphasized on a blend of traditional food wisdom and modern nutritional science for a healthy body and mind, best reflected through the mantra – Eat local, think global.